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TOM SAYERS (1826–1865)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 277 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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TOM SAYERS (1826–1865), English pugilist, was born at Brighton on the 25th of May 1826. By trade a bricklayer, he began his career as a prize fighter in 1849 and won battle after battle, his single defeat being at the hands of Nat Langham in October 1853. In 1857 he gained the championship. His fight with the American, John C. Heenan, the Benicia Boy, a much heavier man than himself, is perhaps the most famous in the history of the English prize ring. It took place at Farnborough on the 17th of April 186o and lasted two hours and six minutes, thirty-seven rounds being fought. After Sayers's right arm had been injured the crowd pressed into the ring and the fight was declared a draw. £3000 was raised by public subscription for Sayers, who withdrew from the ring and died on the 8th of November 1865. The champion was 5 ft. 82 in. in height and his fighting weight was under 11 stone. An account of the fight between Sayers and Heenan is given by Frederick Locker-Lampson in My Confidences (1896).
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SAYER (or SAYERS), JAMES (1748–1823)

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For 5 generations of our family we had a barnardo home boy living with us . James Sayer. He always claimed his grandfather was the famous boxer. Jim has been dead for some yrs. now but I would really like to find his if there is some truth to his claim. I have an old picture of Jim with his grandfather but nothing to compare it to also a Bible that was his mothers signed Grace Sayer.
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